Truchon, Kulisek earn podium finishes in World Cup event

Associated Press

2/25/2012 11:05:59 PM

QUEBEC -- Canadians Antoine Truchon and Matts Kulisek claimed podium finishes in a men's World Cup snowboard big air event Saturday night.

Truchon, 21, from Sainte-Adele, Que., earned his first World Cup title with 176.75 points. Finland's Petja Piiroinen was second with 172.25 points while Kulisek, 26, of St-Sauveur, Que., finished third with 170.75 points.

Truchon captured his first World Cup win in only his third start. But in his previous two appearances he failed to reach the final.

"Winning my first World Cup on home soil feels pretty good," said Truchon. "I'm really happy about that. I really couldn't expect more from this.

"In the other World Cups before, there was always something wrong. This time I just took all my past bad experiences and tried my best."